Glenn Williams

Fine Arts Department Chair

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Glenn Williams has been the Fine Arts Department Chairman at South High School in Downers Grove, Illinois since the fall of 2005.  Besides instructional leadership duties with visual art and music at South High School, Mr. Williams also teaches Jazz Lab Band and Wind Symphony.  Mr. Williams has held similar positions in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Central HS,) and Highland Park, Illinois (Highland Park HS.) Mr. Williams has spent his summers on the Jazz Faculty of Blue Lake Fine Art Camp and on the Brass/Jazz Faculty of the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic.   Mr. Williams toured Europe with the BLFAC International Jazz Ensemble in 2014 and 2017.

As a professional performer, Mr. Williams has performed with numerous entertainment and jazz luminaries, including The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, and the Blue Lake Faculty Jazz Sextet.  Mr. Williams has also performed with numerous community ensembles including the North Shore Concert Band directed by John Paynter.

Mr. Williams is in demand as a clinician/adjudicator in throughout the Midwest, having recently judged regional and state festivals in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana.  Mr. Williams has presented clinics at multiple state and national conventions, including conducting the Illinois All-State Jazz Band in January of 2014.  Mr. Williams received the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2011 and was a recipient of the Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence from the ILMEA in 2017.

A native of Aurora, Colorado, Mr. Williams holds music education degrees from Indiana University, Northwestern University and a degree in Instructional Leadership from Concordia University-Chicago.  Mr. Williams has also completed coursework towards a DMA in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University. Mr. Williams became a National Board Certified Teacher in November 2009.  A native of Aurora, Colorado, Mr. Williams currently resides in Downers Grove, Illinois with his wife Terri.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY - Bloomington, IN
Bachelor of Music, May 1988
Major Field of Study: Instrumental/Vocal Music Education
Minor Field of Study: Jazz Studies;

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY - Evanston, IL
Master of Music, August 1994
Major Field of Study: Instrumental Music Education;

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY – East Lansing, MI
Doctor of Musical Arts/Conducting (42 hours completed toward degree);

CONCORDIA UNVIVERSITY-CHICAGO
Master of Arts/Educational Leadership ;

NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER
Illinois Master Teaching Certificate awarded November 2009

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Fine Arts

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Downers Grove South High School